Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Un­mask­ing the Virus

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Af­ter al­most three months of lock­down ear­lier on in the year we man­aged to slowly come out of the abyss we were in and stare with hope at the silver lin­ing of the dark clouds that hung over us. Fast­for­ward to al­most four months later and as a na­tion we seem to be tee­ter­ing on the brink of an­other Corona calamity. The hows and whys seem ir­rel­e­vant at this moment and those that are hap­pily en­gag­ing in play­ing mul­ti­ple in­nings of the blame game ap­por­tion­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity on oth­ers need to stop and in­dulge in a bit of in­tro­spec­tion.

Pre Minuwangod­a de­ba­cle, how many of us can hon­estly hand on our hearts say that we fol­lowed the COVID-19 pre­cau­tions to the tee? There you have it… as I sus­pected.. hardly any­one of us have been to­tally re­spon­si­ble. In­stead we all took it too lightly. In­stead of wear­ing our masks to cover our noses we had it swing­ing in gay aban­don like a ham­mock un­der­neath our chins. Walk­ing into a su­per­mar­ket or a shop some would ig­nore the wash­basin and walk into the store cur­so­rily of­fer­ing their hand for a quick tem­per­a­ture check. Ig­nor­ing the large bot­tles of sani­tiser these said peo­ple would hap­pily pro­ceed to wrap their dig­its around the plump toma­toes or fin­ger the ban­dakka to see if they are ten­der.

How many of us are guilty of at­tend­ing so­cial events which had no so­cial dis­tanc­ing and scant re­gard for wash­ing hands and sani­tis­ing. Take for ex­am­ple the re­cently con­cluded Colombo Book Fair or even the mu­si­cal fes­ti­val which hap­pened a few days ago. Hun­dreds if not thou­sands thronged to that event al­most like sar­dines packed tightly in a can and ran the risk of catch­ing or spread­ing the virus.

United we stand di­vided we fall and what more ur­gent time than this to unite to­gether in our bat­tle against this dreaded virus.

In­stead of gang­ing up and ap­por­tion­ing blame on the su­per spreader, let us all make a col­lec­tive ef­fort and a prom­ise to be more re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens in the fight against Covid- 19. United we stand di­vided we fall and what more ur­gent time than this to unite to­gether in our bat­tle against this dreaded virus.

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